Did you know that most candidates don’t send a post-interview “Thank-You” letter? Even if you think the interview was a slam-dunk, you can always improve your chances of getting the job if you send a “Thank You” letter. In a recent survey of employers by CareerBuilder, 20% of hiring managers said they are more likely to hire a candidate whose interview is followed up by a “Thank You’ letter. And, 22% of hiring managers said they are less likely to hire a candidate who does not follow up with a “Thank You” letter or note. In this electronic age, writing a letter to express your appreciation for the interviewer’s time “Thank You” can set you apart from the competition and keep you fresh in the mind of the interviewer. A “Thank You” letter should be brief: a couple of paragraphs should be sufficient.
In addition to thanking the interviewer, it will also reiterate your interest in the potential job. In your letter, restate your qualifications, strengths, and what significant contributions you bring to the table. You can also quash any concerns the employer raised about your qualifications, also touch on points you forgot to mention during the interview. The letter is a perfect way to discuss anything of importance you felt needed further explanation, and also to ask anything you forgot. Remember your ultimate goal is to get the job!
According to the experts at Monster.com, an email is also acceptable – provided you send it within 24 hours of your interview. Your email will help establish your organizational and follow-up skills, your sensitivity to using time and technology efficiently, as well as demonstrate your motivation. But whether you send email or snail mail, be sure to proofread your document, correctly address it to the interviewer (including their job title), mention the position you interviewed for, and provide your contact information. You want them to reach you quickly when they are ready to extend the offer to you!